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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1977-06-07


Topics Rob Bertrando


Set 1

Bertha
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
Peggy-O
Funiculi Funicula
El Paso
Friend Of The Devil
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain ->
Good Lovin'
Candyman
Estimated Prophet ->
He's Gone ->
Drums ->
Samson And Delilah
Terrapin Station ->
Morning Dew ->
Around And Around

Encore
Uncle John's Band
U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source AUD, Likely: MAR > Reel > DAT > CDs (See note below)

Notes

There's some minor bumping and adjusting of the mics after Jack Straw.
And, there's a channel drop-out that has been cross-faded to mono from
12:52 of Morning Dew to 00:11 of Around & Around. No other flaws.

There seems to be some debate as to who taped this, and if this source
is a transfer from the master reels, or the first-gen reels. It appears
to be from the same circulating aud sources as 6-8-77 and 6-9-77. The
consensus seems to be that the show was taped by Bob Menke and Reinhardt
Hollwein, using AKG D224 mics and a Tandberg 10XD reel to reel deck, and
that Rob Bertrando's first-gen reels were transferred to DAT and then to
CD. I received these discs with no source info, so I can't say if the
lineage is correct or not... In any event, the tape sounds great, and
gives us the audience perspective of this excellent '77 show. Enjoy!

CDR > EAC > WAV > TLH (SBE-OK & checksums) > FLAC Frontend, Dec 2005.

Reviews

Reviewer: jjg4762 - - March 7, 2014
Subject: lOVE IT
Who needs sound boards with a sound like this .
Reviewer: timewarpwiretap - - December 13, 2013
Subject: Fine indeed!
Thanks to all who made this available.
Reviewer: njpg - - December 12, 2013
Subject: -
Good ear, Folkhippy. Yeah, Garcia spent his whole life getting his tone right for him. For me it got perfect in '68, sucked in the early 70s and then surpassed '68 in about '75 or so, with the TB. Wolf was good, but about third in line for me, with Tiger being first.

Anyway: Great show, great recording.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - - September 13, 2013
Subject: Still playing the Travis Bean here, Evan
Jerry didn't get Wolf back out onstage until the first show of the fall tour on 9/28. He used the TB500 through the 09/03/77 Raceway show. All of the Winterland '77 boxed set pics show Jerry playing the TB during these shows.

As a huge fan of the Travis Bean aluminum neck-through sound, it saddened me a bit to see it go when Wolf got fixed. Don't get me wrong, I love Wolf's fall '77 - summer '79 tones, but the bright, crisp report of Jerry's TB soloing is totally unique. The TB sound was at its best when Jerry was using his Mutron pedals. The Mutron III sound on Esitmated and the octave divider used during FOTM or the Terrapin end-jams sounds absolutely groovy. Also, just listen to Row Jimmy from 05/08 and hear how Jerry's slide solos sound.

Still, I'm glad Jerry went back to wood, especially with regards to his playing he did on Tiger.

Here is a great website documenting the history of Jerry's Travis Bean guitar use. He pulled a modified 1000A back out for a few shows in late '78, but that was it.

http://www.wald-electronics.com/TravisBeans.html
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - May 5, 2013
Subject: Fiery, As the Norm, Yet Mistake Free
1977 the band played lots of fiery shows, but there were usually lyric flubs. NBG, but it's sort of refreshing not to hear them show up for once.

Jerry had finally dropped the use of the Travis Bean when he got back his Wolf outta the shop. He's just flaming throughout this whole extravaganza. In fact, the entire band is enthusiastically flawless.

I was an attendee of this show and I thought my mind had been forever blown as a result of their March run at Winterland, but this is a lot more polished -- without losing any of the inherent flair. This Terrapin, although good, is sort of ho hum compared with the March 18th show, but I figure it was because the March 18 version was the first one I ever heard and the way they played it that night, complete with most of the touches from off the LP, and made perfectly devastating by the band's Who-like performance of it, kind of makes me think there was never a better version for me than my first time, but this just bespeaks where the band was and how the song had developed. This version is leaner and cleaner.

Ran into Jerry at the Keystone Berkeley in 1975 and asked him how he liked the Travis guitar and he was all excited about it. Then I saw him again at the Stone in SF years later and he said he finally gave up on the Bean experiment -- said it was too unruly -- sometimes it was really balls out and sometimes it was a whimper and he never knew when it was going to fall either way.

Well, folks, this show very awesomely presents Jerry and his beloved Wolf.

Frankly, I have never heard this guitar sound reproduced by him or anyone ever again. I love the hurricane effect overtones of this guitar. Now here it is captured for you and me in all its resplendent glory.

The bass isn't heavily present in this recording but it is a far more accurate bass sound than what the various SBD's exhibit and I actually like it better.

This is a very dynamic AUD and I thank whomever had the chutzpah to go out and get it for us.

The Morning Dew is the true star of this outing, though, and I recall the way the audience was that night -- everybody was swooning like they had been slain in the spirit by some fire and brimstone Pentacostal evangelist. Jerry starts fanning that Wolf of his and all the chemical composition of our brains was forever altered.

This is for me the quintessential version of the Dew. There are so many of the most beautiful chords struck by Jerry, Bob and Keith all flooding throughout this Dew that its hard to express the joy that emanates from out of my soul after hearing it once again after almost 36 years.

Purists won't like the drawn-out, rocked-out UJB but I love it. I always thought this was the way it should be played.

The pressure Jerry had been under trying to bring the GD Movie into the cans had palpably hamstrung the guy, but when he was finally able to relinquish the post-production duties of the film to the producers he was finally able to clear out the cobwebs and kick out the jams, and on this night back in June of 1977 he did just that.

It was good to be home again.
Reviewer: sandeen - - January 27, 2013
Subject: Lovely
I'm so happy to have found this. My 4th show, too happy2balive: 10/9/75, 3/18/77, 3/19/77 & this. Go ol' Winterland. Wouldn't it be nice to go back!
Reviewer: Morgan B. - - December 7, 2012
Subject: Wow!
Is Terrapin>Morning Dew Legal?!?!?!
Apparently so in 1977.
Reviewer: happy2balive - - March 20, 2012
Subject: AH! This made me a deadhead for LIFE!
So glad this is on the archive. My second show at Winterland, my 4th show overall....and this sealed the deal. This recording is fine for my tastes and brings back memories that were nearly forgotten, except of course the amazing Morning Dew!!! That's what I remember most from this show. I had seen the 3/18/77, and this is as good. Must have show for any 77 fans!
Reviewer: Smerdyakov - - December 29, 2010
Subject: All Killer No Filler
Unequivocally a masterpiece!!

They do get it just about exactly perfect here.
The Dew is as about as good as you can hope for. In reality every song is about as you could hope for. This represents real high water mark. BRAVO!!
Reviewer: themuscneverstops - - March 23, 2008
Subject: The music never really did stop
This show, the first set closer, The Music Never Stopped, is one of the finest moments of musical extacy that I've ever come across. If you ask me, this TMNS is the finest 7 minutes of music the boys played in 1977, it smokes anything from Cornell. If you don't want the whole show, just get the TMNS, your ears won't be able to thank you enough for it. The rest of the show is pretty good too. Bertha, Jack, TN Jed, LLR, Peggy-O, FOTD, Estimated through Around is just amazing. The Dead's best show of '77.
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